1960 – 1969

The ’60s were full of celebration. In 1961, we marked our first 50 years of operation. Meanwhile, our team was building experience. In 1963, 61 employees – all with a quarter-century of service to the company – formed the 25-Year Club and held their first meeting.

Four years later, our first computer was installed to help process payroll.

To mark our first 50 years, the company issued the ‘Our Alberta Heritage’ series of books, to celebrate the pioneer spirit of Alberta. We also instituted a Junior Citizen of the Year program to celebrate courageous, community-minded Alberta youth.

In 1961, Calgary Power reached an agreement with the Alberta government to jointly construct a multi-use dam on the Brazeau River. The first turbine was commissioned in 1965. A storage dam was also constructed on the North Saskatchewan River.

By 1967, a second unit at Brazeau was supplying power. Meanwhile, construction started on the company’s second thermal generating plant, Sundance. In 1968, a fourth unit at Wabamun was completed, the third having been completed six years earlier.

Our Brazeau hydro plant is one of two we operate on the North Saskatchewan River.